White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer used a Maryland rape case in his Tuesday briefing as sufficient evidence in support of President Trump's prioritization on illegal immigration, WJLA reported. The case involved Henry Sanchez, an 18-year-old with a pending immigration case, who was charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in a high school bathroom located right outside the nation's capital.
Seventeen-year-old Jose Montano was also charged.
Police said Sanchez and Montano approached the girl in the hallway and asked her for sex. When she refused, they forced her into a boys' bathroom where they both raped her.
According to court documents, Sanchez, who admitted to having sex with the victim, has had an immigration case pending since August.
Spicer said on Tuesday, "I think part of the reason that the president has made illegal immigration and crackdown such a big deal is because of tragedies like this. We act so many times when we talk about this and say why is the president dealing with this, because of this priority. Well, part of the reason is because of the tragedy that this young girl dealt with, had inflicted upon her, whatever the word is, but this is why he is passionate about this."
Maryland Govenor Larry Hogan also weighed in on the incident.
Investigators arrested Sanchez and Montano on school property, and charged them with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual assault.
Held without bond, Montano is due in court March 31 while Sanchez is expected to return April 14.
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